British dogs of war behind surging billion-pound mercenary market

3 February 2016 - 7:00am
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War on Want in the Daily Mirror. Read Chris Hughes' article: British dogs of war behind surging billion-pound mercenary market 'is causing global instability'.

John Hilary of War on Want said: “Private military contractors ran amok in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving a trail of human rights abuses in their wake. Now we are seeing the alarming rise of mercenaries fighting on the frontline in conflict zones across the world: it is the return of the ‘dogs of war’.

“For too long this murky world of guns for hire has been allowed to grow unchecked. In letting the industry regulate itself, the government has failed: only binding regulation will do. The time has come to ban these companies from operating in conflict zones and end the privatisation of war.”

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